Elia Viviani wins Giro d'Italia second stage as Rohan Dennis leads

Elia Viviani wins Giro d'Italia second stage as Rohan Dennis leads

It was Viviani's second consecutive stage victory after he also won the race's second stage from Haifa to Tel Aviv on Saturday.

Chris FROOME said he was confident that he had suffered only "superficial" injuries after struggling to 21st place in yesterday's opening-day time trial at the Giro d'Italia following a dramatic crash in practice.

Dumoulin was the last of the 175 riders to start the stage and finished the 9.7-kilometer (6-mile) time trial in 12 minutes, 2 seconds to claim the pink jersey.

Having already worn the yellow jersey of Tour de France leader and the red jersey of Vuelta a Espana leader, today he hoped to add the iconic pink jersey to his collection.

Race favourite Chris Froome and previous year s victor Tom Dumoulin both enjoyed an uneventful day riding safely in the peloton to finish in the same time as the victor.

Viviani, who won the second stage after a similar comeback on Saturday, finished ahead of Sacha Modolo (Cannondale-Drapac) and Bennett had to settle for third.

The fourth stage will be held in Sicily (Catania - Calagione, 198 km).

"With Quick-Step, I have the best team for the sprints and whatever I can win, I bring it home, regardless of who my rivals are".

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The race will then transfer to Italy, and the island of Sicily, for an early rest day on Monday.

Although my BMC team gave me plenty of notice that I'd be on the start line in Jerusalem today, I have to admit that the three-week Italian race hadn't been foremost in my thoughts back in November when I got the phone call to tell me my race programme. Jose Goncalves (Portugal, Katusha-Alpecin) Is 0,134. He is now 19th, 38 seconds behind the leader.

The Giro has been warmly embraced in Israel. The Giro ends in Rome on May 27.

While there were fewer spectators on Sunday due to the sparsely populated southern Negev Desert than the two previous stages, the riders were still cheered on by locals banging drums and strumming guitars.

Sheer boredom saw me switch over to the snooker World Championships momentarily before flicking back over to the Giro as they rolled through 60km to go.

"Fans have supported us as if they were a real big cycling country".

Guillaume Boivin, riding for the Israel Cycling Academy, used his knowledge of the hard conditions to establish an early breakaway alongside Marco Frapporti and Enrico Barbin.

"We don't know if it's because it's a big event or whether it's for cycling but the atmosphere has been special in these three days".